I am first and foremost a poet.
But this also makes me a memoirist.
Not all poets write their own stories in their work, but often I do, making the leap to actual memoir a pretty manageable one. November is one of those dreaded months for a writer, where there is all this obligation: what will I write? How will this matter in the long run… and the big question:
Is it better to write something poor quickly or write something rich over a longer span of time.
And again, I am a poet. So the thought of 50,000 words extinguishes me. At the library where I work, we are doing a small outreach program to welcome writers and I thought it would be valuable to participate and reach writers through that avenue. But again… is it worth the time.
For many of us in school (getting our masters) this is crunch time for projects and catching up on readings. For this reason I was never really involved before. For those of us with family it is turkey time, and who has extra hours when there’s baking to be done?
So I’ll write a novel… or half of a novel… with this in mind.
50,000 words is their goal, not mine. The NaNoWriMo challenge is made for novelists who want to write mysteries and thrillers; romance novels and sci-fi. For those of us in different genres, there are other constraints on what we can and cannot accomplish.
My memoir may only be 40K words, and that’s OK with me.
The important part is writing, community, inspiration and deadline. I want to write every day, but there’s so much good television on Netflix… maybe I need something like this to break the ice on this “writer’s block” – and maybe I’ll get 2 days in and think: no, I am a slow-burn kind of writer.
I won’t know unless I try!
To those of you writing: Best of luck. To those of you choosing to abstain: May your long-term projects be the fruit of your lives.
For now, I’m just getting my feet wet with longer-forms… I’ll keep you posted!